Category Intelligence on Methyl Ester Sulfonate covers the following
Powder detergents consumes approx. 88 percent of global MES demand which is expected to be the major demand driver for MES followed by dishwashing
Increasing demand for powder detergents from growing economies like China and India is expected to drive the demand of MES until 2022
The major methyl ester sulphonate supply market and share: North America: 12 percent, E.U.: No manufacturers, APAC: 81 percent, and others: 7 percent.
The top global methyl ester sulphonate suppliers are Wilmer, KLK Oleo, Sun Products, Stepan, and Lion.
High growth rate for powder detergents in APAC is the key demand driver for methyl ester sulphonate.
MES demand is expected to grow at 14 percent until 2022. APAC will be the major demand driving region for MES, due to high growth rate of more than 15–16 percent for powder detergents in China and India
MES demand in Europe and North America is expected to be low, due to high maturity of powder detergents, as consumers have shifted toward liquid detergent
MES is a biodegradable surfactant derived from palm oil that has evolved as a successful substitute for petrochemical derived LAS
The MES market is expected to grow at 14 percent until 2022, mainly due to the increasing detergent consumption and as a potential replacement of LAS. Companies, like Keylink and Lion Group, are expected to bring in additional annual capacity of around 300,000 MT by 2018
The detergents industry is expected to be the major demand driver for MES, due to the increasing disposable income in developing economies, like China and India in APAC.
Downstream Demand Outlook
Powder detergents: The major end-use application
Dishwashing paste is the next major application
MES in other applications
Methyl Ester Sulfonate suppliers in APAC region holds about 81 percent of the global capacity share.
Only methyl ester, the feedstock for methyl ester sulfonate, is traded from APAC to North America. Whereas, Europe imports methyl ester sulfonate directly from APAC for its consumption in the detergents industry.
Methyl ester sulphonate is expected to have a lower growth rate, as the powder detergent market is highly matured in North America. Some manufacturers are using methyl ester sulfonate, as it is eco-friendly in nature.
The demand in Europe region is very low, due to high penetration of detergents and washing machines, which hinders the growth of methyl ester sulphonate.
Eastern Europe can make a significant impact in the growth, but the market is not matured enough to absorb new surfactants and technological advancements in the market.
Asia is the major manufacturer for methyl ester sulphonate, which accounts for 81 percent of global capacity, due to high growth rate of powder detergents with CAGR of 15–16 percent until 2021.